Before Mustaches

once, I spoke squeaky and unabashed
and wrote a storyabout a man whose irrigation pump burst
I was five
immersed in an orange computer screen
without hundreds of programs
and without boundaries of punctuation

and once I lived in Trapper Keepers
the brightness of colors
which ones I can’t remember
only the brightness and vibrancy
once I counted Slugbugs
and went on school trips while
Barbie Girl played from the radio

then came the recounts and falling towers

and mustaches replaced unabashed squeakiness

Yash Seyedbagheri is a graduate of Colorado State University's MFA program in fiction. A native of Idaho, Yash’s work is forthcoming or has been published in WestWard Quarterly, Café Lit, and Ariel Chart, among others. 

See more of Yash's work in 9.1 and 8.2 and 8.2 and 8.2 and 8.2 and Special Flash 50/50

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